The Asylum Base Ball Club: The Great Reunion Game, September 29, 1905

By Bob Mayer

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

The rise of the Asylum Base Ball Club in upstate New York and its outstanding success is the story of an unlikely relationship between a hospital chartered to treat the mentally ill and a group of talented young men—some of whom would go on to careers in the major leagues, including Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro. The center of the baseball world had been New York City, but after the Civil War came a time of tremendous growth in the game. The National Association of Base Ball Players . . .

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